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MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE GUEST ROOM by Chris Bohjalian

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
A compulsively readable train wreck. Read full book review >

THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >

ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015
Albeit slightly drawn out as it rolls to its conclusion, Koontz's novel cuts between the fantastical and the believable to dissect evil, explore the power of imagination, and probe the parameters of consciousness. Read full book review >
CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015
A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks

VERDICT: BORROW IT
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell. Read full book review >
ON TOUR by Zoe Sugg

VERDICT: BORROW IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Cool clothes, trendy music, and matters of the heart make for a pleasant sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH SANTA by Jean Reagan
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Maybe these kids should try babysitting Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday "dreary-wearies" with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >